VEGAS.COM has teamed up with the Las Vegas
Monorail Company in a deal that includes a ticket-sampling program
and two new Vegas.com-themed monorail trains. The ticket-sampling
program offers free monorail tickets to those who book hotel stays,
show tickets or other products through Vegas.com, LasVegas.com or Espanol.vegas.com. The themed train will be outfitted
with video screens featuring The Vegas Minute, a syndicated weekly
TV news program with updates on the city.
SPRUNG at the Bellagios Conservatory & Botanical
Gardens. Through May 13, visitors can enjoy the propertys Spring
Celebration display, which includes flowers, butterflies and rain.
A pathway set amid the east garden passes by poppies,
larger-than-life garden creatures and fountains. At the end of the
pathway are simulated rain showers and giant clusters of cherry
blossoms that engulf the banyan tree in the west garden. In the
south garden, a 34-foot pavilion, complete with a topiary frog,
serves as a habitat for 300 live South American butterflies, while
the north garden features ancient walls and piles of fieldstone
rubble surrounding an iron and stone bench.
AAA has selected the MGM Grand as one of
its 2007 Four Diamond Award recipients. The 5,034-room property is
the largest hotel to receive this designation, MGM said.
TUSSAUDS LAS VEGAS last week welcomed a second auto racing
figure to its Speed attraction. A life-sized wax likeness of Jeff
Gordon, Nascars Rainbow Warrior, was unveiled during pre-race
activities surrounding the Nascar UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, which
was held March 12 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The $200,000
figure of Gordon joins a figure of the late Dale Earnhardt, whose
installation launched the Speed attraction last August. For museum
hours and admission, call (702) 862-7800 or visit www.mtvegas.com.